ChickenBones: A Journal

for Literary & Artistic African-American Themes



Filmmaker Dennis Leroy Moore

in Charlotte, North Carolina 

@ Afro-American Cultural Center

February 15 @ 3 pm

for the Screening of As An Act of Protest



Soapbox Production presents

A John Brown X Production film


written and directed by Dennis Leroy Moore


401 North Myers Street (corner of 7th and McDowell Streets)

Phone: 704-374-1565

Saturday, February 15th @ 3:00pm              

Suggested donation $2

Filmmaker Dennis Leroy Moore will be present for Questions and Answers

As An Act of Protest, a new feature-film by New York guerilla first time filmmaker and theatre director Dennis Leroy Moore. Moore, 26 years old, wrote, directed and acted in this film, which is more like a classical African-American Theatre piece rather than a conventional foray into narrative cinema. As An Act of Protest is fierce, intense, and visceral.  Set in New York City, the story focuses on Cairo Medina, a young black actor, and his “rite-of-passage-station-of-the-cross” journey to escape the psychological torture of colonization by searching for ways to counter the effects of racism and police brutality before they destroy him. Moore’s As An Act of Protest introduces a new voice to the world of underground cinema, and it is a clear line in the sand, which demands the eradication of racism, and oppression in all forms. The film sheds light on the new generation of black American artists and the repressed rage of the Black male in particular, which he is seldom free to express.

“As An Act of Protest—Best Black Movie Nobody Will See This Year”—Kam Williams, The Black World Today, November 27, 2002


“… raw, provocative, and demanding”—Miami Herald Tribune


“Race is an unspoken issue…that’s why this film is important.”—Ayuko Babu, Pan African Film Festival


“A powerful film that aims to teach and shock and succeed on both  counts”—Walter Dawkins, Variety Magazine


Yo!  These folk, Dennis Leroy Moore and Melissa Dymock, writer and producer respectively, are SOMETHING ELSE!  Their film, As An Act Of Protest, is extraordinarily riveting and current – about a young Black actor who’s facing the extremism of untreated racism/colorism in American society and can’t (not that he SHOULD!) forget Amadou Diallo and ALL of the other slaughtered Brothers. Just thought I’d share the delight I feel being in touch with such talented and focused young Folk!—Carol Taylor, Activist and Creator of the Little Black Book


Film History:

Pan African Film Festival, La February 2002

American Black Film Festival, South Beach Miami June 2002

Anthology Film Archives, New York City July 2002

Brecht Forum-Visual Liberation Talk/Film Festival, NYC September 2002

imagenation Film Festival, Harlem New York November 2002

Contact: Melissa Dymock, Producer phone: 212-977-9640 email:

Director:  Dennis Leroy Moore, phone: 212-969-0011 email:

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Sister Citizen: Shame, Stereotypes, and Black Women in America

By Melissa V. Harris-Perry

According to the author, this society has historically exerted considerable pressure on black females to fit into one of a handful of stereotypes, primarily, the Mammy, the Matriarch or the Jezebel.  The selfless Mammy’s behavior is marked by a slavish devotion to white folks’ domestic concerns, often at the expense of those of her own family’s needs. By contrast, the relatively-hedonistic Jezebel is a sexually-insatiable temptress. And the Matriarch is generally thought of as an emasculating figure who denigrates black men, ala the characters Sapphire and Aunt Esther on the television shows Amos and Andy and Sanford and Son, respectively.     

Professor Perry points out how the propagation of these harmful myths have served the mainstream culture well. For instance, the Mammy suggests that it is almost second nature for black females to feel a maternal instinct towards Caucasian babies.

As for the source of the Jezebel, black women had no control over their own bodies during slavery given that they were being auctioned off and bred to maximize profits. Nonetheless, it was in the interest of plantation owners to propagate the lie that sisters were sluts inclined to mate indiscriminately.

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Sex at the Margins

Migration, Labour Markets and the Rescue Industry

By Laura María Agustín

This book explodes several myths: that selling sex is completely different from any other kind of work, that migrants who sell sex are passive victims and that the multitude of people out to save them are without self-interest. Laura Agustín makes a passionate case against these stereotypes, arguing that the label ‘trafficked’ does not accurately describe migrants’ lives and that the ‘rescue industry’ serves to disempower them. Based on extensive research amongst both migrants who sell sex and social helpers, Sex at the Margins provides a radically different analysis. Frequently, says Agustin, migrants make rational choices to travel and work in the sex industry, and although they are treated like a marginalised group they form part of the dynamic global economy. Both powerful and controversial, this book is essential reading for all those who want to understand the increasingly important relationship between sex markets, migration and the desire for social justice. “Sex at the Margins rips apart distinctions between migrants, service work and sexual labour and reveals the utter complexity of the contemporary sex industry. This book is set to be a trailblazer in the study of sexuality.”—Lisa Adkins, University of London

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The White Masters of the World

From The World and Africa, 1965

By W. E. B. Du Bois

W. E. B. Du Bois’ Arraignment and Indictment of White Civilization (Fletcher)

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Ancient African Nations

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Rev. Jesse Lee Peterson Thanks America for Slavery /

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update 1 July 2008





Dennis Leroy Moore


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